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Old 08-19-2010, 03:51 PM   #21
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Any suggestions on where to start? Should I be reading repair manuals? Or people's threads? Or what? Suggestions welcome.

Thank you in advance to everyone for the help. I am working on pictures. The car sits in a single car garage which has most of the parts inside or on top of it. So like I said, the pictures are coming.
You can start with parts catalogs. NPD has one you download that is very thorough. Mustangs Unlimited has a good one. The Scott Drake catalog is nice too. There are others that are good I am sure. I don't have them though.

You might start a spreadsheet on items you don't have and their pricing, wiring, lights, exterior bolt ons, interior stuff etc. etc. If you don't have it, you need. Some items you will buy new. Some used parts will do fine. Break your spreadsheet into sections and get a parts list going. Then you can get a better idea what it will cost to finish the car.

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Old 08-19-2010, 05:10 PM   #22
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I just read your private message. I wanted to post on here so that anyone else looking for guidance can read also.

Most of this is my opinion and relates to how I think a mustang should perform. I am a restod guy. I had an original mustang. It was my first mustang. Their performance stock is less than stellar. However, they can be a blast to drive with some modern updates.

My coupe build was completed about a year ago and goes like this:

I think all good builds start with the wheels you want and that can fit the car. Tire diameter must fit the car as well. Then the rear gears and transmission are selected for driving purposes. I like the T5z. The install procedure is well documented on the internet and it makes the car fun to drive. Gear according to your pleasure, with a T5 3.25 to 3.89's are the best choices. I would say the 3.25 is better for distance and daily driving while the higher numbers are more performance oriented. Engine according to use. Otherwise an AOD (automatic overdrive) from a later fox body would be the next choice for a restomod type build. AOD's are 4 speeds where the old C4 tranny's were only 3.

Wheels
I wanted a 5 spoke wheel that wasn't like eveybody elses. AFter I chose the wheel, I realized drum brakes would detract from the look. Plus, it gave me an excuse to install 4wdb (wheel disc brakes). I used the dodgestang chart to help me find a wheel and tire size that would fit my car.

Brakes (discs are only needed up front for the most part)
Wilwood discs at all four corners, they came with a parts car
wilwood master cylinder, their tech can help you with the correct bore size
new braided lines up front, I made the rears from stocked lengths at a local parts store
mustang chassis to rear end brake line
Please note this brake kit pushed the hub out almost a half inch which can affect wheel selection
Please note that disc brakes will require new wheel studs, always read the instructions thoroughly before purchasing a brake kit

suspension
front
I was on a limited budget for this, my first, build. I went with a grab a track "620" front coil springs (they lower 1"), 1" sway bar, roller perches, upper control arm (UCA) 1" shelby drop and home made solid mounted adjustable strut rods. I made the roller perches from a kit sold by dazecars.net. There is some good reading there on suspension improvements. I used stock upper and lower control arms. KYB GR2 shocks

rear
custom 5 leafs dropped about an inch from a local shop, it was a hassle. I wish I ordered a set from a mustang supplier.

Wiring
Stock with some modifications
I relocated the battery and starter solenoid to the trunk. There are several writeups on the internet. The headlights are on relays. Relays are electric switches. These old cars don't always put out 12 volts at the headlights. This is due to inadequate and aged wiring and switches. When you wire the headlights with relays, you use the existing switch as a low current lead for a higher amperage electric switch (relay). there are write ups about this on the net too. I used a late model fox alternator and integral voltage regulator. The wiring had to be altered to eliminate the old reg and mate with the new plug on the fox alternator. The advantage is a better regulator and more amperage, if you use the correct alternator.

Interior
Stock, I like the classic look.

Engine
Because I am sort of a cheap ***, I found a used 302 ho from a fox. There was a guy here in Phoenix who buys them cheap and parts them out. I asked him to call me before he disassembles his next victim. I heard the engine run and saw the oil pressure. The coolant looked good and the oil wasn't bad. It was cheap, like, $300 for a longblock with alt, ps pump, pullioes,timing chain cover, and brackets for ps and alt. The next step was to drill the timing chain cover for a dipstick and replace the front and rear main seals. Next, new front sump oil pan, valve covers and gaskets. Block off the egr holes in the head and the old dipstick hole in the block. After that I needed a flywheel, fan, motor mounts, distributor, intake, carb and trick flow fox bady A/C delete to complete the serpentine belt routing. the PS wasn't used. I also needed a radiator for the new waterpump hose routing.

Tranny
This will depend on budget but I think a new T5z is the best way to go. You may find the bellhousing and fork used to save some money. Buy the clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing and pilot bearing new. They come in kits.
Make sure your bell housing works with the T5z before you buy it. 94-95 mustangs use different parts than 87ish-93. You will need a tranny crossmember. Many places sell them. I made mine.

Driveshaft
A vintage mustang C4 automatic driveshaft may fit right into a T5 or T5z. Some have had no problems, others say it fits right in. I found a local vintage mustang shop with a gaggle of them used. I measured what I needed and brought from them. New ujoints are a good idea. Make sure that the rear matches the differential.

clutch pedals and cable
mustang steve has info on this and sells kits.

Exhaust
I used headman shorty heads and had to modify the driver side to clear the clutch cable mounting ear on the bell housing. There are headers that clear without modifications. Do some research. 2.25" should be big enough unless you are getting close to 300hp and you should go to 2.5".

Steering
I used the Unisteer manual rack and pinion. It replaced the engine crossmember and tucks neatly out of the way.

Interior
Stock stuff from catalogs

Exterior bolt ons
Stock stuff from catalogs

Things to look out for:
wheel/tire fitment to car body
wheel fitment to brakes
header fitment to steering
header fitment to bellhousing
oil pan fitment to crossmember
clutch cable routing
distributor gear to camshaft compatibility
distributor to ignition system compatiblity
radiator hose routing to water hose routing
radiator fan to shroud fitment
steering difficulty
steering radius
steering wheel size, big easier, small harder, unless you have ps
human butt to seat, the old seats are nostalgic and so is the comfort

How I found it
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The car handles great. It has flowmaster 50 series mufflers which were a bit much with 3.89 gear on the highway. I switched the rear to 3.25 and is a much better daily driver-commuter. The handling impresses people the most. The limiting factor in the handling is the seats. You can't stay planted in the seat with just lap belts on slick vinyl.

Search the following:
dazecars
mustang steve
dodgestang
http://www.midnightdsigns.com/james/
opentracker for parts
street or track for performance parts

mustang magazines have articles online
mustang monthly

there are other forums for vintage mustangs as well

Use the search function before asking a question. It is very unlikely that you are asking a question which hasn't been answered 50 times on the internet. You can search through google or each forums search button.

Join a local club. The only bad car people I have ever met were dodge people, and that was only a couple of them.
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:16 PM   #23
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When you ask for advice regarding the engine and tranny, the first response will be what do you want to do with the car? I read through again and you haven't stated the purpose of the car or what you expect from it performance wise.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:40 PM   #24
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When you ask for advice regarding the engine and tranny, the first response will be what do you want to do with the car? I read through again and you haven't stated the purpose of the car or what you expect from it performance wise.
Now that I think about it, you are 1000% correct, and thank you for pointing that out. Well, my original wish was to keep her as original as possible, this was obviously before I bought a redone Mustang "rolling chassis" with all new metal. So I think pretty much what I want is to make her have some get up and go, but I do not plan to street race her or anything like that. I want a V8, and I will be doing all the interior myself. All custom since I have been doing interiors in cars for the better part of a decade. With all that said, does that answer the question?
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What city do you live in?
I live in Clifton Park New York, which is about 20 miles north of Albany and about 200 miles north (give or take) of New York City.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:48 PM   #26
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Now that I think about it, you are 1000% correct, and thank you for pointing that out. Well, my original wish was to keep her as original as possible, this was obviously before I bought a redone Mustang "rolling chassis" with all new metal. So I think pretty much what I want is to make her have some get up and go, but I do not plan to street race her or anything like that. I want a V8, and I will be doing all the interior myself. All custom since I have been doing interiors in cars for the better part of a decade. With all that said, does that answer the question?
I don't think anyone will fault replacing bad sheet metal. 'All original' can mean a lot of different things. Some guys get coocoo about that stuff. If you want an original flavor go for a 302 from a fox with an air gap intake and a carb. Switch out the front dress to a V belt set up.

My next car is a 65 fb. So far the plans are:

302 and FI from a 94 mustang
GT40 intake
holley heads
not too crazy cam
T56 6 speed
9" rear with 3.89's
18" boss 338 wheels
cobra brakes from a 2003 mustang
stock looking interior with aftermarket gauges maybe a custom console
dark blue metallic with white shelby stripes
A/C
unisteer manual rack
leaf rear with a panhard bar
modifed arms and grab a track suspension same as coupe

My car has been in the tear down stage for more than 6 months. If your car is painted or at least primed, you have the hard part behind you.

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Old 08-20-2010, 08:46 PM   #27
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Finally got some pictures.

First one is from when I put her on the flatbed to bring her home.
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Front end/black hole because there is no engine
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Looks to be in solid condition to me. And it's pretty far stripped down already for ya.

I'm really excited to see how this car goes. I liked how you mentioned you wanted a V8 that had some "get up and go" but didn't plan to race it. That's kinda what I'm aiming for as well. I also like your plans for a custom interior. I can only wish I had similar skill and experience to make my interior custom.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:55 PM   #29
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My vote goes for a late model carbed 302 and a T5 or AOD.

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Mmmm, thats a good combo.

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Looks like a cool project. The car looks like its in decent shape. Gotta love the Cragar SS wheels and the turn signal hood.
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